Touching, real characters that will stay with you long after you are done. Young Adult lit has come a long way and this is a great example of a novel that can and should appeal to adult readers. Beautifully written. Wonderfully narrated.
First, excellent narrator.
Second, just like when I initally watched the events at Combine HS unfold via CNN reports with the rest of the country, I found myself unable to stop listening to this narrative. In his book, Cullen retells the story based on years of research and with a perspective that only time could allow. While the story and end results are no less tragic today than when we first heard about them, I appreciated his analysis and presentation of how some of the initial myths regarding the events, victims, and shooters (and their motivations) made it into the media so quickly. Experts now know so much more about the whos and whys, yet many of those initial myths are still held steadfastly in our collective American psychy as fact. I appreciate knowing more about the truth now.
The Light Between Oceans is one of the most beautifully written stories I've read in a long time. I was immediately and completely drawn into Tom Sherbournes's world. It was a joy to read a modern novel of such outstanting literary quality. Characters were complex and well-drawn, including the lighthouse and island which were characters in and of themselves. I was struck by the wonderful metaphors and symbolism within the story and the challenging themes the novel tackled. Be prepared, however, this is not a light read.
The narrator's delightful Australian accent was enchanting and wonderful to listen to.
A lot of people have rightuflly compared the Crossfire novels to the Shades of Grey trilogy. They are definitely similar and will appeal to the same audience. There were things about each that I liked better or less than the other. The bottom line is, if you liked one series, I think you'll like the other. I'm looking forward to the third book this summer.
Stories like this one ususally fascinate me and I was very excited to listen to Beyond Belief. Unfortuately, I just could not make it more than a third of the way through. While details are essential in a memoir like this, I found myself bored by extraneaous information and repetition that, to me, got in the way of the narrative moving forward. I was also distracted by the narraror. Perhaps intentionally cast as someone who captures qualities of a "little girl voice" I found her difficult to listen to. I usually don't give up on a book, but I just can't devote several more hours to this one.
Of all the audible books I've listened to, Love Unscripted and its sequal (Love Unrehearsed) are the ones I have truly enjoyed the most. A wonderful modern love story, where the characters are real and dynamic. Author Tina Reber has a gift for writing dialog that is witty, fresh, and real, while narrator Madelleine Maby gives a terrific performance. Secondary characters are also interesting and I found myself drawn in to the lives of Ryan and Taryn--I really cared about them. I have listened to both novels twice now (which is not something I usually do) because I enjoyed them so much. If a good love story is your thing, give this a listen!
Amazingly well written and excellently narrated. This novel stuck with me for days after I finished it. The story did stall a little for me about a third of the way thorugh, but stick with it because soon thereafter the roller coaster really gets going. Complex characters created huge emotional swings for me. Very impressive. I've recommended it to all of my friends.
One of my favorite listens ever! This outstanding novel is an excellent read in its own right, but the audible version brings this story to life in a way that goes way beyond expectation. The characters were alive in my head. Simply amazing! If you haven't given it a listen, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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